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What was the purpose of the Missouri comprimise?


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August 22, 2014 11:54AM

The fundamental purpose of the Missouri Compromise was to find common ground for two very different groups of Americans, those who advocated slavery and those who opposed it. With overall legislative control of the country at stake, the Compromise attempted to balance out the power of slave-holding states with "free" states as new territories within America were seeking (and achieving) recognition as full-fledged member-states of the Union.